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Joe Fratoni: Boston Public Library. The Original image is at the beginning of Sasaki's renovation of Copley square, offering insight into the vast amount of landscape architecture projects happening in Boston.




JD Walsh: Back-Bay Fire Station near the Haynes Convention Center. The early photo shows how some builidings can be preserved



 JD Walsh: Back-Bay Residential Builing on the corner of Newbery and Glouchester St. Shows a preservation trend in the back bay



 Matt Drosselmeier: Public Alley #444 facing East from Mass Ave. Before Mass Pike was added and the big dig took place in Boston. 


Matt Drosselmeier: Newbury Street @ Mass Ave. Newbury street before constructing was finished and the 360 Newbury Street building by Frank Gehry was built.



Matt Drosselmeier: Exeter Street @ Boylston Street. The development of backbay along with additions to the Boston Public Library.


Rachel Hanson: Commonwealth Avenue in 1964 and 2017.

Rachel Hanson: Copley Church before and after Hancock Tower was built. This changed the scale and density of the neighborhood.

Farida Aboulezz: View of Trinity Church from 224 Dartmouth Street where construction of Hancock Tower in the picture to the right establishes a iconic presence

Geoffrey Farrell: The view down Exeter Street looking from Huntinton Avenue by the Copley Hotel. Original photo take March 22, 1913



Geoffrey Farrell: View of Boylston Street and Clarendon Street intersection with Trinity Church. Original photo taken 1941



Kazimir Sheputa: This is a view of Arlington Street from Boylston Street looking towards the south. The original photo was taken in 1913.



Timothy Murphy: Boylston Street Police and Fire station on the corner Boylston and Hereford Street from 1911 compare to 2017.  The police station has since closed, the fire station remains active, and the outside of the building itself hasn’t changed much.


Kyle Piantek: Looking across the Fens in the Back Bay.


Kyle Piantek: Boylston Street in the Back Bay.

Chris McDonnell: Newbury Street is largely unchanged due to it's infamy among the higher class and the want to preserve its architecture. Here is a classic example of of this architecture on the corner of Gloucester St. and Newbury St.


Steven Santos: Mechanics Station had its name changed to Prudential Station in 1963 due to the completion of the Prudential tower. 


Brian Drouse: Boylston T stop looking southerly, biggest difference is the underpass to the other side of the tracks.  Original photo from 1897.



Chris McAllister: Looking down Berkeley Street at Stuart Street towards the Church of the Covenant. Original was taken in 1940 before the skyscrapers were introduced to the Copley area.

Mary Sbabo: The below slider is of #867 Boylston Street, which is located right across from the prudential center. In the slider you may observe that over the past 100+ years additions have been made to the top and side of building and it's surrounding have changed significantly, while the main facade has remained mostly original.

Kylie Barnes: The view of Copley Squre from the second floor of the Boston Public Library looking toward Boylston Street circa 1965-1975 and today. 


Kylie Barnes: The view of Park Street Church taken in between boylston station and park street station, adjacent to the commons, originally taken in 1972. 


 Dominique Comeau: Copley Square around 1965-1975 and Copley Square today. Photo taken from within Boston Public Library second floor reading space looking towards St. James Ave.


Sam Morin: These pictues show the view from the crossing of Clarendon Street and Stuart Street. Both pictures show the Trinity Church, but the picture on the right has the John Hancock building.


James Houston: Below are pictures of the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Huntington Avenue. As you can see, there has been drastic change since 1941, including the construction of the Prudential Center.


Hayley Rutkey: The slider below shows the corner of Trinity Place and St. James Avenue taken from Copley Square on February 25, 1959 and present day. Both pictures show the Copley Square Hotel. However, the original building on the left is now the new John Hancock Tower.

Hayley Rutkey: The slider below shows the corner of Exeter Street and Marlborough Street in the Back Bay area in 1880-1915 and present day. The historic picture also depicts an omnibus which was a common form of transportation during the time.


Tom LeFavor:

[Left] The construction of the Hancock Tower as Viewed from the Boston Commons in May of 1972

[Right] The Hancock Tower today viewed from the same spot


Jared Hagerty: A photo of an area of the Boston Public Garden that shows off how the nature of the area hasn't changed much over such a period of time, but also shows the changes of some of the buildings. The old photo was taken in December of 1965

Jared Hagerty: A photo taken while standing on the Longfellow Bridge. When you look across the Charles River at the buildings, it is amazing to see how many skyscrapers have built around the old buildings in such a small period of time. The old photo was taken in April, 1959.


This is a statue of Abraham Lincoln. It depicts his role as the "Great Emancipator", in the year 1880 -Blenkhornj

Exeter Street from Boylston Street, looking south. Some buildings have stayed, some builds have been remodeled or torn down, while other buidlings are hidden from new, taller ones.

793 Boylston Street, just a few blocks down from the finish line. Originally a Thomas F. Galvin florist there is now a Capital One masona2

Submitted by user hibyanb. Originally labelled as the Copley Square hotel, this is actually where the Huntington Chambers once were.

Photo Credit: Before City of Boston After Brian Hibyan

The view of Trinity Church and Copley Square from the corner of Huntington Ave at 1912 and 2017. -masona2


Adam Conneely: Block of shops on Boylston Street that has seen a variety of tenants over the century


Adam Conneely: Looking down Boylston Street just off the western corner of the Boston Common


 Adam Conneely: Lively street corner at Boylston Street and Berkeley Street intersection


Gianfranco Paterno: In this Picture we can see really how much this station stop has changed over the years.  As it is not blocked from public access and no longer functional, yet we can still see much of the original structure. Opened in 1897 it was part of the first underground speed transit systems in the country.